The Gbagura Community had been described as the foremost Muslim Community in Egbaland whose Monarchical system tilted to a large extent towards Islamic religion and practices.
The new Imam and Spiritual Head of Egba Muslim Community, Sheikh Sa’adullah Bamigbola, recalled that since the founding of Egbaland in 1830, Gbagura had been very closer with the EgbaAlake, in running the affairs of the Egba Nation, adding that a larger part of Ibadan belonged to Egbaland and this was still very much represented by the Gbagura.
Imam Sa’adallah Bamigbola disclosed that Muslims could always count on the support of the Gbagura Community as a whole for growth and development.
He disclosed that visitation to all the four sections of Egbaland, was to follow the injunction of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), that Muslims from whatever clime should avoid schism, but rather regard and treat one another with respect, justice, and fairness, just as loving brothers and sisters in order to enjoy alas peace, progress, and prosperity.
The Chief Imam eulogised the Agura of Gbagura for identifying and practicing Islam alongside his obligations as a traditional ruler without any conflict.
He therefore appealed to the Agura to sustain his proverbial support and promotion of Islamic values.
Speaking earlier, the BabaAdeen of Egbaland, Navy Captain Rasheed Raji, told the Agura that the visitation to the Agura and other Egba Monarchs was an innovation to further segment the unity among the Egba Muslim Sections and faithfuls.
In his response, the Agura of Gbagura, Oba AbdulSabur Bakre, noted that Gbagura people were predominantly Muslims and were delighted to identify with the entire Egba Muslim Community.
Oba AbdulSabur Bakre also disclosed that although Gbaguras were predominantly Muslims, that Egba Major Section was basically religious tolerant.
He congratulated the new Imam, urging him to maintain his pledge to lead Egba Muslim Community in justice and fairplay, praying that Allah would strengthen him in good health and wisdom.
The Chief Imam of Gbagura, Professor Kamal Balogun, while giving the appreciation on behalf of Gbagura, described the Agura, Oba AbdulSabur Bakre as a foremost Muslim Monarch in Ogun and Yorubaland, adding that he had always identified with Islam and Muslims in Egbaland and elsewhere.
Professor Kamal Balogun noted that the visitation was an innovation that would ever be remembered as the of renewed unity and prosperity among Egba Muslims and their other compatriots.
The Gbagura Chiefs present at the occasion included the Balogun of Ojoo, Chief Adio Baiyewunmi; the Balogun of Kukudi, Chief Razak Obe; Chief Fatai Alao Abodunrin, Seriki Ika; Chief Toheeb Alasofunfun, Bada Iddo; Chief (Mrs) Tejumade Bakre (Iya Oba); Chief Kolawole Popoola, the Vice Chairman, Gbagura Council of Baales and Chief Taye Sobande, the Agbusi of Gbagura.
The entourage of the Egba Muslim Community included Chief Rasheed Raji, the BabaAdeen of Egbaland; the OlotuAdeen of Egbaland, Chief Layi Labode; Ahaji Isiak Goke Okedairo, Lukotun of Egbaland, Alhaji Nojeem Adekunle, Aare Ago Muslumi Oke Ona and others.
The Egba Muslim Clerics at the occasion included Ahaji Daudu Afuape, the Olori Ratibi of Egbaland; Sheikh Mufasir Alawuye, Khadai Islam of Egbaland; Alhaji Musiliu Nosir, Imam of Oke Ona; Prof. Kamar Balogun, Imam of Gbagura; Alahaji Suleiman A. Kehinde, Imam of Owu, among others.